This simple pasta comes from Romeo Salta’s The Pleasures of Italian Cooking, which Managing Editor Camille Rankin once received as a gift from her mother. The always-comforting combination of peas, bacon, and cheese comes together in less than half an hour.
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- 3 cups peas, fresh or frozen
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 4 slices bacon, dliced
- 1 small yellow onion, minced
- 1 lb. pasta, such as fettuccine
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1⁄4 tsp. sugar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Combine peas, butter, bacon, onion, and 3⁄4 cup water in a 12" skillet over medium-high.
Cook until water has evaporated and peas are cooked, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil; add pasta, and cook until al dente, 10 minutes.
Drain, reserving 1 cup of water.
Add pasta, water, parmesan, sugar, salt, and pepper to skillet with peas and toss to coat.
Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.